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Starting 2014, General Assembly Will No Longer Offer NYC Coworking Space

Hi Coco! (Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Glamour)

Turn the page on a chapter in the history of New York’s startup scene: In 2014, General Assembly will shutter its coworking offering, to focus on classes and events like hackathons and job fairs. Business Insider estimates about a hundred people are affected.

“While we’re making serious investments to grow our New York footprint, there is an almost impossible need for even more space to accommodate our classes, events, students, alumni and staff,” said CEO Jake Schwartz in a blog post explaining the move.  Read More

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Why 500 Startups Decided to Launch an NYC Coworking Space and Not an Accelerator

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Shai Goldman, a venture partner at 500 Startups, recently announced another sign of the seed stage fund’s growing interest in New York City–besides poaching a Silicon Alley stalwart like Mr. Goldman, of course. This February, the firm plans on opening a coworking office at 28th Street and Park Avenue in the Flatiron, not far from General Assembly.

500 Startups is known for its global focus. The only physical space the firm had up until New York was a corporate office in Mountain View, “which is where we run our accelerator throughout the year,” Mr. Goldman told Betabeat by phone. But 500 Startups opted for a different route here.  Read More

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Now Astoria Wants Its Own Coworking Space

That Brooklyn Bagel has wifi, but that doesn't make it a coworking space. (Photo: flickr.com/edastrauch

The latest neighborhood trying to make a coworking space happen? It’s the former home of Archie Bunker, i.e. Astoria. The Daily News reports that three locals are shopping around for a space.

Maybe they can cut a deal with the beer garden?

At the moment, Astoria is a little lacking in public spaces for laptop luggers. There’s Astor Bake Shop, a couple of Starbucks outposts, and the ironically named Brooklyn Bagel, but there’s really nowhere to squat if you prefer to work away from caloric temptation.  Read More

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Hey Startups, M-RGE Is Offering $1 Million of Free Coworking Space and Classes at AlleyNYC

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On a muggy evening earlier this week, Betabeat made the short, sweaty walk down to AlleyNYC, a new 16,000 square foot coworking space at 500 Seventh Avenue and 37th Street. We had some inkling we might be onto the next big coworking hub when an entrepreneur on the elevator ride up to the 17th floor said he felt obligated to drop by because he heard about the space twice in one week.

Even after hours, the place was still humming with activity. The mats in the yoga room were unoccupied, but members milled about the lounge, worked heads down in one of the spacious main rooms or huddled with cofounders in the 24 private offices, which are already at capacity even though the space just opened in August. A new platform for entrepreneurs called SocialChange.is was setting up a demo and with bowls of pretzels and other snacks laid out for the event.

The vibe was remarkably congenial; high-fives, daps, and backslaps abounded. Read More

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Is The Yard, a New Coworking Space In Williamsburg, the General Assembly of Brooklyn?

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Others have tried and failed to make a coworking space grow in Williamsburg. (The Makery is dead! Long live, Bnter’s new office!) But “real estate professionals” and born-and-raised Brooklynites  Morris Levy and Richard Beyda may have the home-court advantage. The duo opened The Yard, a 14,000 square foot coworking space, in November and are already at 65 percent capacity.

A number of tech companies, including Hype Machine, Wanderfly, Mobile Roadie and Uber are already working out of the space, as well as a few startups still in splash page mode, like Gander TV and Spotflux. Somewhere between 60 to 70 percent of The Yard‘s residents are techies, although that wasn’t exactly the owners’ intention. “We knew there was a need in Williamsburg/Greenpoint for something like this, but we didn’t realize the tech scene was happening here and that that was the direction it was going to go,” Mr. Levy told Betabeat by phone.

Now that the startup syngery is under way, however, The Yard has been “planning strategic alliances” with angel investors whose portfolio companies might be interested in working there. For example, Mr. Levy said he’s currently in talks with Brooklyn Bridge Ventures founder and First Round Capital alum Charlie O’Donnell, who launched a Kings County-centric seed fund last month. Read More